They Lost Their Land Through Murder and Theft

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During the early 1900s attorneys, land promoters and developers enticed Anglo newcomers to stake land claims and fence off land along the Texas-Mexico border. As land values and property taxes rose, many Mexican-American farmers lost their land through murder, theft or swindling, forcing them to become laborers because they had no other way to make a living.


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